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About Santos Express

The Santos Express is a train lodge situated on Santos Beach in Mossel Bay. It is a genuine train with all cabins facing the sea. We offer you a unique stay in a double Compartment or single Coupe, which is similar to the Trans Karoo Express.

We are a five to 10-minute walk from the Dias Museum, the harbour and the town centre. Simply known as "The Train" by locals and situated in the heart of the famous Garden Route of South Africa, guests can enjoy the unique and romantic experience of staying on a real train only 30 m from the sea. With double, single and budget units, accommodation offers spectacular sea views and clean showers. A Compartment comprises four beds and a Coupè comprises two beds. Each coach comprises two Coupès, five Compartments, a communal shower and two toilets. For those celebrating that special day, we have a Caboose offering private bathroom facilities and a private balcony. For the more budget conscious, we have a Dormitory which comprises 16 beds. We also have a fabulous conference room which is ideal for weddings, birthday parties or business meetings.

Our happening restaurant and bar serves breakfast all day, as well as other delicious meals such as steaks, seafood and famous traditional meals. The restaurant is open from 7:30 am. Our staff can help with all travel and adventure arrangements such as shark cage diving, boat based whale watching, sky diving, game drives, quad biking, deep sea fishing, or pleasure boat trips to Seal Island.

Beach: We are located a mere 30 m from the sea.

Conference Venues: We have a fabulous conference room which is ideal for weddings, birthday parties or business meetings. We specialize in Beach Weddings and our in house function coordinator can assist you with all the detail.

  • Response Rate: 100%
  • Response Time: an hour
  • Type: Backpacker
  • Sleeps: 118
  • Check-in: 02:00 PM
    Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Reviews: 35 Reviews


  • Laundry Facilities*
  • Braai/Barbecue
  • Beach
  • Indoor Fireplace
  • Wi-Fi
  • Credit Card Facilities
  • Restaurant on Premises
  • Parking on Premises

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Xhosa (isiXhosa)
  • Afrikaans
* Please enquire for further details.

Santos Express Rooms

Reviews for Santos Express

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Elden Clarke, South Africa
24 December 2016

It was a great experience for our daughter who has never stayed on a train. Situated in a great spot. Enjoyed our 2 night stay over on our way to Gordons bay. The staff was great and very helpful. Enjoyed the restaurant and had plenty of cold beers.

Karen Ferreira, South Africa
16 October 2016

We stay there whenever we pass through Mosselbay and have no reason to change our minds. Upgraded security a great comfort.

Nicky Bester, South Africa
12 October 2016

Well priced, very reasonable stay. Staff friendly and very accommodating. Stunning view for the price you pay. Well worth a visit.

Paige Potter, South Africa
15 August 2016

What an amazing stay. First off, our bedroom had the most spectacular view of the ocean. The room was extremely clean and neat and the beds very comfy. I loved that it was a train- felt like being a kid again on a great adventure! We had a delicious dinner of calamari and hake at the pub, and a lovely light breakfast before we departed in the morning. Staff were friendly. All in all, we can highly recommend this lovely little place.

Nazeema Thebus, South Africa
01 August 2016

My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our anniversary weekend at the Santos Express. The Royal Suite facing the beach was such bliss ... beautiful views, tranquil sound of the waves ... most relaxing. The accommodation was comfortable and cosy. Loved having our own little patio to braai and watch the sun go down over the ocean. Friendly staff, great location and value for money. A lovely getaway - will definitely return :)

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Santos Express Map

Santos Express is 1.7km from the centre of Mossel Bay , the nearest airport 33.5km (George Airport).
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling

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